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Arab Seafaring: In the Indian Ocean in Ancient and Early Medieval Times (Princeton Paperbacks)

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In this classic work George Hourani deals with the history of the sea trade of the Arabs in the Indian Ocean from its obscure origins many centuries before Christ to the time of its full extension to China and East Africa in the ninth and tenth centuries. The book comprises a brief but masterly historical account that has never been superseded. The author gives attention not only to geography, meteorology, and the details of travel, but also to the ships themselves, including a discussion of the origin of stitched planking and of the lateen fore-and-aft sails. Piracy in the Indian Ocean, day-to-day life at sea, the establishment of ancient lighthouses and the production of early maritime guides, handbooks, and port directories are all described in fascinating detail. Arab Seafaring will appeal to anyone interested in Arab life or the history of navigation. For this expanded edition, John Carswell has added a new introduction, a bibliography, and notes that add material from recent archaeological research.

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"In Arab Seafaring George Hourani reviews--crisply, comprehensively and authoritatively--the story of Arab trade routes and the ships that plied them, from earliest times to the Middle Ages. His book is as indispensable today as it was when first published forty years ago; there is no other that covers this significant martime history."--Lionel Casson, author of The Ancient Mariners

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In this classic work George Hourani deals with the history of the sea trade of the Arabs in the Indian Ocean from its obscure origins many centuries before Christ to the time of its full extension to China and East Africa in the ninth and tenth centuries. The book comprises a brief but masterly historical account that has never been superseded. The author gives attention not only to geography, meteorology, and the details of travel, but also to the ships themselves, including a discussion of the origin of stitched planking and of the lateen fore-and-aft sails. Piracy in the Indian Ocean, day-to-day life at sea, the establishment of ancient lighthouses and the production of early maritime guides, handbooks, and port directories are all described in fascinating detail. Arab Seafaring will appeal to anyone interested in Arab life or the history of navigation. For this expanded edition, John Carswell has added a new introduction, a bibliography, and notes that add material from recent archaeological research.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 157-177) and index.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Expanded Edition
Preface
Ch. ITrade Routes in the Pre-Islamic Era
Prehistory and Geography3
The East before Alexander6
The Persian Gulf in Hellenistic and Roman Times13
The Red Sea in Hellenistic and Roman Times17
The Sassanid and Byzantine Empires36
Appendix: Direct Sailing between the Persian Gulf and China in pre-Islamic Times46
Ch. IITrade Routes Under the Caliphate
General Consequences of the Islamic Expansion51
The Arabs on the Mediterranean53
Persian and Arab Sea Trade with the Far East61
East Africa and the Coasts of Africa79
Later Times83
Ch. IIIThe Ships
Hulls and Their Equipment89
Masts and Sails100
Navigation and Life at Sea105
Appendix: Four Sea Stories114
Notes on Chapter I129
Notes on Chapter II140
Notes on Chapter III150
Bibliography157
Index179

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691000329
Other:
Hourani, George F.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Hourani, George F.
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Commerce
Subject:
Maritime History
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Navigation
Subject:
Trade routes
Subject:
Indian ocean
Subject:
Near and middle eastern
Subject:
Commerce -- History -- To 500.
Subject:
Trade routes -- Indian Ocean -- History.
Subject:
Commerce -- History -- Medieval, 500-1500.
Subject:
Indian Ocean Navigation History.
Subject:
World History-Ancient History
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Expanded ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Paperbacks
Series Volume:
no. 88
Publication Date:
July 1995
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 halftone
Pages:
140
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 1 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "In Arab Seafaring George Hourani reviews--crisply, comprehensively and authoritatively--the story of Arab trade routes and the ships that plied them, from earliest times to the Middle Ages. His book is as indispensable today as it was when first published forty years ago; there is no other that covers this significant martime history."--Lionel Casson, author of The Ancient Mariners
"Synopsis" by , In this classic work George Hourani deals with the history of the sea trade of the Arabs in the Indian Ocean from its obscure origins many centuries before Christ to the time of its full extension to China and East Africa in the ninth and tenth centuries. The book comprises a brief but masterly historical account that has never been superseded. The author gives attention not only to geography, meteorology, and the details of travel, but also to the ships themselves, including a discussion of the origin of stitched planking and of the lateen fore-and-aft sails. Piracy in the Indian Ocean, day-to-day life at sea, the establishment of ancient lighthouses and the production of early maritime guides, handbooks, and port directories are all described in fascinating detail. Arab Seafaring will appeal to anyone interested in Arab life or the history of navigation. For this expanded edition, John Carswell has added a new introduction, a bibliography, and notes that add material from recent archaeological research.
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